Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Pros
  • we are going to change the world (in 7 reviews)

  • Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • lots of hours (no work life balance) (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Definitely just glamorous from outside

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Always tries to achieve greater goals

    Cons

    Cheap treatment, low budget, specially hires big bunch of H1 from India. Poor guys have no choice but to work 6~7 days a week. Work & life balance, what is that?

    Advice to Management

    No matter how the world think you are a hero, facts can't be changed


  2. Helpful (3)

    They don't give a damn about anyone

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people, but the bad ones really make it bad on you. If you have a problem, HR doesn't help, they just tell you to deal with it.

    Cons

    The hours were long and they expect longer ones. The pay was horrible. I absolutely despised going to work after being there about a year. I am so glad to be gone.

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to listen to their emoplyees and be proactive when there is a problem.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Payroll analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Payroll Analyst in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Payroll Analyst in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    small company, get to meet people from other functions easily. Brand name. Everyone knows Tesla

    Cons

    The work culture is very agressive and even after your hard work you may not be treated with respect. Co workers come across as insecure
    the employee attrition is extremely high
    stay clear of some managers. Do your homework regarding the manager before you join.

    Advice to Management

    take exit interviews of full-time and contracts and try to understand why so many people leave the company. Don't promote culture of carrot and stick


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Terrible Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Integration Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Integration Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working on exciting products
    Lots of responsibility
    Fast paced

    Cons

    Underpaid
    Overworked
    Poor Management
    Complete Chaos
    Unable to supply appropriate infrastructure to get the job done
    Working with sometimes incompetent and not dedicated co-workers
    Little to no career advancement opportunities - despite promise
    Not able to work on what you are good at or enjoy
    Not enough resources to get the job done well

    Advice to Management

    Stay organized
    Develop growth infrastructure to support the large company
    Slow down and do things right
    Compensate well


  6. Helpful (17)

    Perpetual goals ramping, burn out is inevitable

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Excellence Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Product Excellence Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Cool mission, cool product, great halo reputation: Seems like a great place to be!

    2) Benefits: very competitive, sans 401k match.

    3) Remains quite innovative, nimble, fast paced and open with communication. There’s a con to that too, considering the size of the organization, see below.

    Cons

    1) Compensation – not competitive in the Bay Area, tough to afford living there on Tesla salary. The once atmospheric rise of stock doesn’t cut it anymore to make up the difference.

    2) Work/life balance. What balance? Time off on weekends or on vacations is a misnomer, requiring one to catch up while away so you aren’t hopelessly behind when you return. You may not hear management say, "You have to work on weekends/vacations" but only if you’re not listening. They create work-a-holics by tasking you 30 hrs over what you can physically accomplish every week. Manufacturing lines shooting out emails, calls, etc. at midnight, 1am, 2am, 3am is common and the production side expectation of covering all hours of line operation is absolutely ridiculous and responsibilities need to be delegated/divided.

    3) Poor management. The issue is that a majority of people love Tesla because they think they’ll get to work on cool product & interesting technical problems - and these are the people that see little value in learning how to develop sustainable systems & emotional intelligence. People are promoted into management positions - not because they actually know how to lead/manage, but because they spoon feed high priority info upward, making their visibility they output of their work. So there are layers of non-value add individuals who are horrible managers and leaders. Yet, there is no system to actually do anything about that because "emotional intelligence" or "sustainable systems" are not taken seriously.

    4) Schmucks, the fast paced environment in combination with the spoon feeding middle management results in a toxic atmosphere, or maybe people are getting burned out and it's wearing on their personality and patience. Many managers straight-up intimidate/scare their employees into compliance of doing exactly what they want them to at that exact time (extreme micromanagement), without even understanding the priorities that person has (resulting in no-win situations and poor performance overall). This intimidation is a blue collar management tactic that doesn’t work on highly trained, highly intelligent engineers.

    5) It's a big company now and, inevitably, it has become slower moving and is now layered with process and bureaucracy. So many political battles, empire building, territory grabbing.

    Advice to Management

    1) Embrace emotional intelligence and a sustainable work environment. Getting a great engineer (from other areas/disciplines) to cover busy work in production, knowing they’ll get sick of wasting their time on logistics and tired of constant reactive firefighting is not only unsustainable, it is unethical. You need great managers and leaders in order to build the right system(s) and become a great success. Throwing more bodies at a system that isn’t setup for success is the wrong way to succeed on many levels and will result in inefficiencies, not competitive advantages.

    2) Do something about that work-life balance. Leaderships answer to solving reactive problems can’t be to ALSO add in the proactive work... there isn’t enough time in one person’s day to cover both when firefighting is happening most of the time. Consider re-evaluating how work is done; what processes are in place that are inefficient and ineffective and need to be updated or removed?

    3) A flat organization can’t be maintained efficiently, when roles and priorities are so loosely defined and everyone is included in everything. Learn to trust your lead people, and make that trust proliferate downward/sideways, etc. Let people specialize and not have to cover every issue that comes up, and you’ll gain efficiencies & experts.


  7. Helpful (1)

    production associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good insurance for the family.

    Cons

    Long hours,management don't care about you or your well being all they care about is production

    Advice to Management

    Fire all supervisor and hired people with common sense


  8. Helpful (4)

    FORMER TESLA EMPLOYEE

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay good due to all the slave driving hours that we never get acknowledged for.

    Cons

    Worst place I ever worked at in my entire life and I am in my mid fifties. I dreaded going to work every night, as I was actually "bullied" by my coworkers because I asked them questions while being trained. They literally screamed and belittled me in front of the whole plant in front of mgt, and they encouraged it. Lovely place to work, yep. I would rather make less money and be treated with dignity and respect. I am so shocked at the way people are here, fricken unbelievable. Oh yeah, and one of them was made a lead. lol

    Advice to Management

    no comment


  9. Helpful (7)

    Manager, Finance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great CFO, great product, cereal, pretzels, popcorn, no more pros really but I have glass door is forcing me to write 20 words.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations, no compassion, management doesn't listen, they work you to death

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of any upper management staff that causes 6 people to quit in two months. Obviously something is wrong!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Tesla is a sweat shop managed by people who have no idea how to run a automobile manufacturing plant.
    Elon comeback!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stock Options if you started early enough to get any

    Cons

    Long hours fixing serious problems generated by incompetent IT programmers and production management.
    Rediscovering the wheel daily...Things other all car companies worked out in the 80s.

    Advice to Management

    Look out Elon will come back campout and clean house


  11. Helpful (2)

    stay away from this company, extremely hard working condition, high rate of injury , management don't care about employe

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    free healthcare, free coffee, soda. tesla perk are goood

    Cons

    extreme dangerous hard working condition. management don't care about employee working condition. over work employee high rate of injury. all the employee look like a zombie walking due to exhausted working condition.

    Advice to Management

    neeed to focus on the injury and working condition of associate



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